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The Bruery Wineification

The Bruery Wineification
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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 4.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 471   ABV: 15.7%
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A collaboration with Fess Parker and Saarloos & Sons

The "wineification" of beer has been a constant topic of discussion these days, so why not just take a step further and blend the two? We took our Black Tuesday Imperial Stout and fermented it along with late harvest Syrah grapes from the vineyards of Los Olivos, from our good friends at both Fess Parker and Saarloos & Sons. We then aged this wine/beer hybrid in French Oak barrels, waiting for the perfect time to bottle it up. The flavor profile is remarkable. Notes of black cherry, vanilla, cinnamon, oak, aged balsamic, port wine and a sherry-like oxidation from the barrels. This beer is like nothing that you have ever tried before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (2642) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). Black with a small brown head and little to no lacing. Aroma is softer on alcohol than most other Black Tuesday version. There’s a bunch of cherries along alcohol (of course), roasted malt, grapes, winey notes, vanilla and oak. The taste begin with grapes along light acidity and is followed by the Black Tuesday usual flavor of roasted malt, vanilla before ending with alcohol warming and winey feeling. Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is a tad vinous. Warming finish, but not too boozy. Certainly one of my favorite version of Black Tuesday and probably the most "drinkable". Balance is good considering the components. There’s some cohesion in there. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (322) - - JUN 7, 2014
Hoarders Society 2013 - thanks for sharing Huhzubendah! Pours a dark brown/reddish wine/purple color with deep shades of red when backlit. Headless, no lacing. Aroma is grape must, oak, vanilla, sherry and booze. Flavor is overall sweet yet complex: grape intensity upfront, this beer almost drinks like a red wine. Chocolate, oak, a peaty/scotch quality that adds more intensity. Having an ounce or two of this is delicious, but seems to be hard work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2415) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Hoarders Society 2013 bottle split with Paul. The beer is a shade lighter than Black Tuesday, Chocolate Rain. Dark brown with hints of crimson and ruby when held to the light. Aromas of big roast, booze, red wine, chocolate. The wine grapes really come through in the flavor, adding fruity sweetness. Lots of alcohol heat in the flavor and finish, but as certain amount of that is to be expected. Oak and roast with grape juice. A solid beer, but not as easy to drink as the aforementioned stouts. Best shared several (not two) ways.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2380) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Pitch black amber hues. Mild head, fades fast. Charcoal nose chocolate and fruit punch and juicy figs. Taste is pretty boozy. Lots of chocolate, smoked peet malt. Obvious tannic wine note sweet but not sure if it’s the beer or wine that’s adding the sweet. Chocolate finish. Mmmmm

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2014
750ml bottle. Poured a black color with a small sized off white head. Chocolates, grapes/vinous, roast, wood, vanilla, and dark fruity. Found this to be way too drinkable and could drink this over the regular Black Tuesday any day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ataraxia (343) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Purple tinged black, beige lacing. Grape must, berries, hints of chocolate, and wood. Complex mix of fruity sweetness and vinous barrel character. Smooth, lightly carbed, full bodied. Dry, boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5488) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2014
(750ml bottle) deep purple, fine tan bubbles. Wine grapes, Black Tuesday base, sweet, raisiny, chocolaty. Taste of wine, chocolaty, sweet, almost cloying. Tired of drinking it after a while but a unique beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2167) - Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Bottle shared by Randall. Dark brown pour with plum tinges and a kaki head. Red wine barrel aroma. Red wine, caramel malts, and oak notes. A departure from the traditional Bruery beers and better than expected. Above average body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2014
It’s Black Tuesday with grapes to make it sweeter but also less one note. There’s a winelike character of rich dark fruits. The sweetness is too much for me though. It’s an interesting and good beer but it’s not the be all end all of hype.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2014
Bottle shared at Dunt’s Tasting (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich blackish brown hue, gentle copper ruby glow on the edges goes well. A frothy brownish red head atop stays as a nice thinner ring film, laces ok. Aromas are red wine and roast, touches of oak, vanilla and red grape. Tannic red wine, touches of toast, spirit, oak and vanillin. Some caramel, carmelized and toasty malts. Initial is medium bodied, a touch thinned with cocoa and toast, gentle caramel, red wine, gentle toffee. Touches of tannic red wine, grapes, and caramel. Gentle roast, oak and cocoa. Backend is a bit dry, tannic and warm. Decent roast and cocoa, mellow red wine tapers out. For such a large offering, this really works well. Tasty, a bit thinner but nice integration of the two elements. Nice. A touch toasty, roasty and gentle coffee, red wine. Nice, a lot better than I expected. Very wine-centric and focused, without letting the Black Tuesday ever really take off or take the reigns. Certainly a neat experiment.

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